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“Justice For Breonna Taylor Act” Introduced As A No-Knock Warrant Ban

Four years after #BreonnaTaylor's tragic death during a no-knock warrant raid by #Louisville Metro #Police, bipartisan efforts by #Kentucky's U.S. legislators, Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Democratic Rep. Morgan McGarvey, aim to enact national change. They are introducing the "Justice for Breonna Taylor Act" in both the Senate and House to prohibit no-knock warrants, inspired by the incident on March 13, 2020, where Taylor, an unarmed Black woman, was fatally shot. This proposal requires federal police to announce themselves before executing warrants and mandates that state or local agencies receiving federal funds adhere to this rule.

McGarvey highlighted the myriad failures on the night of Taylor's death, stating, "so many things that went wrong," ranging from problems with the warrant's issuance to the flawed execution of the raid, marked by the absence of body camera footage and an ambulance on standby.

The initiative follows Louisville's and Kentucky's post-incident reforms restricting no-knock warrants, alongside similar actions in 29 states. Despite a previous unsuccessful attempt in 2020, Sen. Paul believes the bill, supported by figures including Sen. Cory Booker, will pass due to its bipartisan backing. The press conference announcing this move was attended by Taylor's mother, who expressed gratitude for the effort to prevent future tragedies.

This legislative push comes amid ongoing legal actions against the officers involved in Taylor's death, with federal charges laid for falsifying the warrant and related misconduct, though none were convicted for the direct act of killing Taylor. Additionally, Louisville is negotiating a federal consent decree following a Department of Justice investigation into systemic violations of constitutional rights by its police force, particularly against Black citizens.

We recognize the importance of such initiatives in dismantling oppressive systems and advancing the cause of racial justice. Let us stand in solidarity with Breonna Taylor's memory and continue the struggle for a future where no life is unjustly taken.

📹 @whas11


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